so·​cio·​path ˈsō-sē-ə-ˌpath How to pronounce sociopath (audio)
: a sociopathic individual : psychopath

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In American movies, a sad sack is a sociopath-in-waiting, a ticking time bomb preparing to explode, whereas a British sad sack is merely a human machine going through the motions of life, a ticking clock that is simply winding down. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2022 Mamie is a chilly, beautiful sociopath who forces young Evie to work in seamy venues to support them both, under threat of being left at an orphanage. Sarah Bird, Dallas News, 11 Apr. 2022 Homicidal sociopath Castor Troy crouches behind a Remington 700PSS rifle in the grass, drinking from a straw. Michael Lee Simpson,, 14 Dec. 2022 In killing Queen Ramonda, Namor turns a corner from sympathetic victim of colonization who is just protecting his family to a revenge-hungry sociopath. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, 17 Nov. 2022 Anyone who questioned its pandemic policies was branded a sociopath and a troglodyte. Gabrielle Bauer, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 In a letter to Brown, Edens described him as a sociopath and manipulative child rapist. oregonlive, 1 Nov. 2022 Written by William March, the book follows eight-year-old Rhoda, who is secretly a murderous sociopath. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 24 Oct. 2022 Prosecuting attorney Mike Satz argued Cruz is a sociopath who hunted down victims after planning the attack. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sociopath was in 1914

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Cite this Entry

“Sociopath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


: a sociopathic individual
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